Defending champion Valdosta State No. 1 in College Football America Yearbook Division II Preseason Top 30

The Valdosta State Blazers take selfies after winning last year’s Division II national championship. ( photo by Matthew Postins)

Valdosta State, which claimed its fourth Division II national championship last season, is No. 1 in the 2019 College Football America Yearbook Division II preseason Top 30.

The Blazers defeated Ferris State to win their first national title since 2012. Despite a coaching change (former VSU player Gary Goff takes over the program), the Blazers return a wealth of talent from last year’s team, including quarterback Rogan Wells and OL Adonis Sealey.

Ferris State, which returns Harlon Hill trophy winner QB Jayru Campbell, comes in at No. 2.

Lenoir-Rhyne, Notre Dame (OH) and Minnesota State round out the Top 5. L-R reached the third round of the D-II playoffs last year, while Notre Dame (OH) and Minnesota State reached the semifinals, losing to Valdosta State and Ferris State, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 6 Ouachita Baptist, No. 7 Northwest Missouri State, No. 8 Slippery Rock, No. 9 Colorado Mines and No. 10 Minnesota Duluth.

The 2019 College Football America Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFAY staff.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as and Books-A-Million.

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2019 College Football America Division II Preseason Top 30

  1. Valdosta State
  2. Ferris State
  3. Lenoir-Rhyne
  4. Notre Dame (OH)
  5. Minnesota State
  6. Ouachita Baptist
  7. Northwest Missouri State
  8. Slippery Rock
  9. Colorado Mines
  10. Minnesota Duluth
  11. Grand Valley State
  12. Indianapolis
  13. Tarleton State
  14. Fort Hays State
  15. Wingate
  16. Hillsdale
  17. CSU-Pueblo
  18. Harding
  19. West Georgia
  20. Midwestern State
  21. New Haven
  22. Texas A&M-Commerce
  23. Azusa Pacific
  24. West Alabama
  25. Bowie State
  26. Indiana (PA)
  27. Fairmont State
  28. Florida Tech
  29. Kutztown
  30. Virginia Union

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